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Brazil fail to fire in their opening World Cup contest

Dogged Swiss hold World Cup favourites

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates his goal against Switzerland
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Brazil 1
Coutinho 20
Switzerland 1 
Zuber 50

Three things we learned...

1 World Cup favourites will need to improve
It all looked so good for Brazil at half-time with the World Cup favourites cruising into a 1-0 advantage over Switzerland but they failed to impress after Steven Zuber equalised in the 1-1 draw.

On paper the front three of Neymar, Willian and Gabriel Jesus has the potential to be electric, particularly with goalscorer Philippe Coutinho supplying those forwards and yet there was little to get excited about outside of the brilliant opener.

Tite's substitutions - Casemiro, Paulinho and Jesus off for Renato Augusto, Fernandinho and Roberto Firmino - hardly inspired confidence either.

There's plenty of time to improve and Brazil will need to.

2 Willian fortunate to be in the starting 11
Given the embarrassment of riches available to Tite it was a surprise to see Willian get the full 90 minutes.

He did not offer much of a threat going forward and Brazil backers may want to see Douglas Costa in future line-ups or Firmino as the central striker with Jesus out wide to give the South Americans a threat on the opposite flank to Neymar.

3 Solid Swiss tough nut to crack
They are not the sexiest of sides and won't excite the neutrals but Switzerland did an excellent job of nullifying Brazil.

The Swiss took advantage of one of the many referees at this World Cup who are not punishing tactical fouls with bookings by continually stopping the flow and they will be awkward opponents. 


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